The international organization stated that “public order” is breaking down due to the limited humanitarian aid reaching the area.
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“Overnight, we increased” the number of army forces destined to enter the Gaza Strip, “and they joined those already fighting there,” General Daniel Hagari declared.
The Israeli aviation, “directed by troops (on the ground), hit Hamas military structures in the northern part of the Gaza Strip,” the army reported, while ensuring that rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory towards the center and south. From Israel.
Two Israeli soldiers were wounded overnight, one of them in clashes with Hamas members, according to the army.
On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the beginning of a “second phase” of the war against the Islamist movement Hamas in the Palestinian enclave, which will be “long and difficult”.
The goal of this “second phase of the war” is “clear: destroy Hamas’ military capabilities and leadership and bring the hostages home,” he said.
On Friday night, tanks, engineers and infantry began operating in the Gaza Strip, in what Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant called “a new phase” in the war against Hamas.
“We are gradually increasing ground operations and the scale of our forces in the Gaza Strip,” Hagari said yesterday, AFP news agency reported.
The escalation between Israel and Hamas was triggered by the bloody attack carried out by the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli territory on October 7, which left 1,400 dead, mostly civilians.
Israel responded with a bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip, ruled by Hamas, which has so far left more than eight thousand dead, including mostly civilians, according to the Palestinian movement’s health ministry.
For its part, the United Nations said yesterday that thousands of Palestinians looted several of their warehouses and aid distribution centers in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement, the United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA), the main provider of humanitarian services in the Gaza Strip, said “thousands of people” entered warehouses and distribution centers in the central and southern Gaza Strip. enclave and took different elements.
“It is a worrying sign that public order is beginning to break down after three weeks of war and a severe siege on Gaza,” UNRWA Gaza chief Thomas White added in a statement.
On a visit to Nepal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday expressed his concern over the “increasingly desperate” situation in the Palestinian enclave and lamented that Israel has “intensified its military operations.”
“The world is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding before our eyes,” Guterres said in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, on the impact of the bombings in Gaza since the Hamas attacks in Israel.
The UN chief described the number of civilian deaths and injuries as “totally unacceptable” and lamented that Israel intensified its offensive instead of taking a “humanitarian pause”, while once again calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire”.
On Saturday, the Israeli army again called on Palestinian civilians to “temporarily relocate” to the south, but that would mean that more than a million people would move to areas where they are also being bombed, and that they would have to do so on their own funds for what the UN described as an “impossible evacuation”.
In addition, in the northern part of the strip there are hospitals that cannot guarantee the safe transport of patients.
Since October 9, Israel has also imposed a total blockade of the supply of food, water, medicine and fuel to the 362 square kilometer Palestinian territory, where 2.4 million people live overcrowded.
The first convoy of humanitarian aid did not enter Palestinian territory until two weeks after the start of the offensive.
Ten trucks of humanitarian aid arrived from Egypt on Sunday, bringing the number of such vehicles that have arrived since October 21 to 94, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
But according to the UN, the amount is insufficient and at least a hundred trucks a day will be needed. (Telam)